Welcome to the Cardiovascular Care Program at the Credit Valley Hospital
We began offering cardiac programming in 1989 and have grown steadily since.
The Cardiovascular Care Program now includes 3 distinct programs/clinics: the Cardiac Device Clinic, Cardiovascular Risk Management Program and Heart Function Clinic.
Our Cardiac Device Clinic follows individuals with a cardiac device such as pacemaker, ICD or CRT.
Our Cardiovascular Risk Management Program (formerly Cardiac Rehab) is designed to assist individuals in recovering from a cardiovascular event such as heart attack, invasive cardiac or vascular intervention, non-disabling stroke or TIA.
Our Heart Function Clinic follows individuals diagnosed with heart failure.
We invite you to browse through our website. You will find more information about our programs/clinics, and our dynamic multi-disciplinary approach to helping patients achieve cardiovascular wellness.
The Cardiovascular Care Program is dedicated to the promotion and long-term maintenance of healthy lifestyles and optimal symptom management for the patients and families we serve in the Halton-Peel region.
Our highly educated and committed multi-disciplinary team of professionals provide assessments, counseling and educational programming.
Our team includes:
- Cardiology Technologists
- Exercise Specialists/Kinesiologists
- Nurse Practitioner
- Social Workers
- Volunteers &
- Administrative Support
As a part of the Cardiopulmonary Department we can provide seamless diagnostic services to our patients. We also have linkages with other cvh hospital departments such as the diabetes care program.
Our world class cardiopulmonary exercise facility includes treadmills, a variety of stationary bicycles, elliptical machines, rowers, and weight equipment. Heart rate monitors and telemetry equipment ensure patients are exercising safely with Exercise Specialist supervision.
The cardiopulmonary department provides a broad range of cardiology, neurology, vascular and pulmonary function diagnostic testing services. We ensure the patient experience is comfortable and safe by employing fully certified professional staff, using the most up-to-date medical equipment, and providing a bright and spacious environment.
Cardiopulmonary Department page»
Our education classroom is bright and inviting to promote learning and class participation. We offer a group core education series as part of the Cardiovascular Risk Management Program which includes topics such as, cardiovascular disease management, risk factor modification, cardiovascular medications, healthy eating and stress management. We also have a wide range of cardiovascular elective education classes as well. Check out our list of upcoming classes.
Our counseling rooms allow you to meet with members of our multi-disciplinary team in comfort and privacy.
This clinic follows individuals with a cardiac device such as pacemaker, ICD or CRT.
Multidisciplinary Services Include:
- assessment and adjustment of cardiac devices
- education before and after cardiac device implants or adjustments
- telephone transmission follow-up for nursing home residents
This program is designed to assist individuals recovering from a cardiovascular event such as a heart attack, invasive cardiac or vascular intervention (bypass, angioplasty), non-disabling stroke or TIA, or those with diagnosed peripheral vascular disease.
The goal of this program is to provide individuals with the skills and knowledge necessary to make informed decisions and healthy lifestyle changes to reduce cardiovascular risk.
Cardiovascular Risk Factors include:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Sedentary lifestyle
- High stress
- Positive family history
Multidisciplinary services include:
- individual and group education on cardiovascular disease, risk factor modification, and self-management principles
- optional individual counseling with dietary, pharmacy & social work support services
- metabolic stress testing at program intake and discharge
- individualized exercise prescription & 16 weeks for supervised exercise (classes 1 time per week)or home exercise programming
- specialty programming including elective risk modification workshops
- 6-month post program follow-up visit to assist with adherence to life style change
- community linkage with City of Mississauga Fitness Centres which entitles program graduates to a 20% discount on a fitness membership
Benefits of the Cardiovascular Care Program and Healthy Heart Programs
- Increased physical fitness
- Stronger and more efficient heart
- Decreased angina symptoms
- Decreased blood pressure
- Increased good cholesterol, HDL
- Decreased bad cholesterol, LDL
- Weight loss and maintenance of a healthy weight
- Increased energy
- Increased strength and flexibility
- Decreased stress
- Controlled blood sugars
- Improved quality of life!
The clinic follows individuals diagnosed with heart failure and followed by the credit valley hospital cardiology group.
Multidisciplinary Services include:
- Individual and group education to teach individuals to manage their chronic condition
- Medication titration
- Ongoing diagnostic testing to assess progress and make referrals to tertiary centres for interventions
- Optional individual counseling with dietary, pharmacy, psychology & social work support services
- Exercise programming (if appropriate)
Physician referral is required for the Cardiac Device and Cardiovascular Risk Management Program.
Cardiovascular Risk Management Program
Eligible participants are considered those who have had a cardiovascular event or diagnosis within the past 2 years. This would include:
- Stable Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
- Heart Attack
- Bypass Surgery (CABG)
- Valve Surgery
- Heart Failure
- Cardiac Arrhythmia
- Cardiac Device
- Cerebral Vascular Disease (TIA/non-disabling stroke)
- Peripheral Vascular Disease
Only patients followed by the CVH Cardiology group can be referred to the Heart Function Clinic at this time.
Physician referrals are online and can be fax to 905-813-4546
Referrals are available online and can be faxed to us at 905-813-4546.
- Be a non-smoker and avoid second hand smoke
- Aim for a resting blood pressure of <140/90 or if diabetic <130/80
- Monitor and control your cholesterol values
If you have heart disease
< 4.0 for total cholesterol
> 1.0 for HDL (good cholesterol)
< 2.0 for LDL (bad cholesterol)
< 1.5 for triglycerides
If you are at risk
< 5.2 for total cholesterol
> 0.9 for HDL
< 3.4 for LDL
< 2.3 for triglycerides
- Monitor and control your blood sugars
- fasting blood sugar - 3.6 -6.1 mmol/L
- Choose heart healthy low fat foods and follow the guidelines of the Canada Food Guide
- Maintain a healthy weight with a BMI between 20 and 25
- Manage stress and practice meditation and stretching
- Do Cardiovascular exercise most days of the week for 30 to 45 minutes at your training heart rate
- Take your medications as directed
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Cardiovascular Care Program
Credit Valley Hospital
2200 Eglinton Avenue West
Mississauga, ON L5M 2N1